Water is life! Hence, an uninterrupted water supply is highly essential to the proper running of any kitchen. Nothing is quite as crucial as the continuous water supply in any kitchen.
The style and design of any faucet installed in the kitchen go a long way in instilling a sense of comfort and elegance in the kitchen user.
Of course, you can install a kitchen faucet without the sprayer. The tap would function excellently in the absence of the sprayer. Kitchen faucets have been built so that the quick connecting valve is shut off once a sprayer hose is not connected. Thus, the faucet functions normally even in the absence of a sprayer.
Can I Install a Kitchen Faucet Without the Sprayer?
Yes, you can! As earlier mentioned, you can replace kitchen faucets without installing a sprayer with the kitchen faucet setup.
Either installing or not installing a kitchen faucet sprayer lies solely with you.
It depends solely on your preference and what you consider good, convenient, and durable in the long run.
Thus, there are no fast stick rules in the installation.
Kitchen faucets without sprayers are known to be much more durable.
While a kitchen faucet sprayer gives room for a lot of flexibility in rinsing and washing, it has several downsides.
Some of these are: problems with proper retraction of the hose; sub-optimal water pressure over time; with time, the spray head starts sagging; leakage; diverter valve becomes clogged, and the handle becomes sticky time.
Thus, you might need to replace a sprayer kitchen faucet more often than a faucet without a sprayer.
As outlined earlier, there are many cons to using a kitchen faucet with a sprayer.
However, you cannot deny that the kitchen faucet with sprayers makes rinsing and washing much more straightforward than any kitchen faucet.
However, installing a kitchen faucet with or without the sprayer lies solely with the user. You have the final choice to make on which type to use.
This choice is primarily based on your individual preference and what you perceive to be comfortable, durable, and fit for your use.
How to Install a Kitchen Faucet Without the Sprayer?
Bear in mind that the installation process is relatively easy. Find below a step-by-step guide on installing a kitchen faucet without the sprayer.
First and foremost, you have to shut off the water supply lines, then remove the kitchen faucet with its sprayer. Also, turn off the electric water heater and your recirculating pump.
All these measures are for safety purposes. In case the package you purchased came with a sprayer, all you have to do is disconnect the extension line, after which you can proceed to remove the kitchen faucet and its sprayer.
Tools Needed to Install Kitchen Faucet Without the Sprayer?
The following tools would come in handy to install a kitchen faucet.
Ensure you have all of them ready before you attempt to remove the kitchen faucet or install a new kitchen faucet.
They are all essential and instrumental to the successful installation of kitchen faucets. Here’s the list:
- A screwdriver
- Faucet plate
- An adjustable wrench
- A towel
- A bucket
- The new faucet
- Penetrating oil
- A basin
- Faucet gasket
- Supply lines
Once these items are ready, all you need to do is follow the two steps outlined below.
For example, your kitchen faucet would be set and prepared for use within a few minutes.
Procedures for Installing Kitchen Faucet without the Sprayer?
Here, you must follow this procedure as it would save you some bucks while giving you helpful housekeeping skills.
Step 1: Remove the Old Kitchen Faucet
Carefully follow the list below to remove your old kitchen faucet.
- Meticulously clean the area under the kitchen faucet space. Remove all items and make the room clear.
- Place a bucket under the kitchen faucet space. This would prevent an unnecessary spread of water (accidental spillage) to unwanted parts of your kitchen, which might be dangerous if there are floor tiles.
In addition, water dramatically reduces friction and could cause one’s feet to slip.
- Turn off the cold and hot water valves. Ensure this is turned off quite gently, as the handle is fragile. It could break if a strong force is exerted on the handle during this process.
- Now, disconnect the water supply lines to the kitchen faucet. One would expect that a bit of water would gush out of the disconnected pipes. This is the essence of the bucket we earlier mentioned.
Again, your pipe wrench would come in handy at this stage. Use it to guide the tubes out of their connecting points carefully.
- After successfully removing the old supply line from the sprayer kitchen faucet, carefully remove them from the tap.
- Now, use your screwdriver to unscrew the mounting nuts. If the mounting nuts are hard to unscrew, use penetrating oil.
- Once you have successfully unscrewed the mounting nuts, you can safely detach the old faucet from the kitchen sink.
Step 2: Install the New Kitchen Faucet Without Sprayer
Follow the steps outlined below to install a kitchen faucet without having to attach a sprayer. This is relatively less stressful, considerably less expensive, and reasonably durable.
- Insert your new kitchen faucet into the sinkhole. Ensure you have removed the attached screws before inserting this new faucet into the sink space.
- Now, cover the sinkhole with a faucet plate. Typically, a single faucet plate can cover three (3) sinkholes. Although, some can cover four (4) sinkholes ( the fourth space is usually reserved for the sprayer).
You should cover the fourth space with a sinkhole cover (since you do not intend to use a kitchen faucet sprayer)
- Now, re-install the water supply lines (both hot and cold). Place them inside the new kitchen faucet.
- Now, move under the kitchen sink, ask someone to hold it while you mount, and tighten the screws and nuts.
Finally, use your pipe wrench to properly mount the nuts and keep the new kitchen faucet in a proper position.
- Then, connect the valves (hot and cold) with the water supply line.
- Crosscheck and properly tighten up all the nuts with your pipe wrench.
- Now, turn on the faucet valves and the main water valves. Allow the water to drain for about 2 minutes and examine carefully for any leak.
Meanwhile, keep the bucket in position to avoid excessive water spillage and water wastage.
- If you discover any leak(s), use Teflon tapes. If this does not stop the leakage, call a plumber to fix the leak for you.
Professional plumbers charge around $150 to $250 to install new kitchen faucets. However, you could use their service if you are not interested in installing it yourself.
You can install a kitchen faucet without the sprayer. The sprayer is simply an accessory in the kitchen faucet package. Thus, you should only install it based on choice.
For example, if you feel uncomfortable with the use or presence of a sprayer in your kitchen faucet, you can simply install a new kitchen faucet without the spray option.
On the other hand, you can simply remove the sprayer and cover its space with a faucet plate.